How David Silva can fit in to City’s team

David Silva is set to join up with City following the World Cup, after agreeing a five year contract. Valencia will receive a fee believed to be in the region of £28m.

Of the creative players we’ve been linked with, Mesut Ozil has shone the brightest in the World Cup yet David Silva has the versatility to play on the wing and behind a main striker.

Roberto Mancini has often spoken of his desire to sign players who can play in more than one position. Not only does it give him the ability to switch formation during a game, it will also allow for cover within the 25 man squad system which the Premier League is adopting for the upcoming season.

Jerome Boateng is primarily a central defender, but more than competent at right-back, and even playing at left-back for the current German side. Similarly, Yaya Toure can play holding midfielder, box to box midfielder or centre-back if required.

Silva is predominantly left-footed and made his name on the left wing. Last season he was used more as a central creative midfielder behind David Silva, with Mata on the left flank.

The Spaniard is another, like Adam Johnson, who can also play on the right flank if required. Expect to see plenty of interchanging of positions in City’s attacking movements this season.

David Silva:

“I am thrilled about playing in England with Manchester City. I believe the Premier League is one of the best competitions in the world and I want to bring success to City and win trophies for them.”

Doubtless this signing will fuel speculation about the futures of Craig Bellamy and Stephen Ireland, however it’s more likely to confirm the departure of Robinho. The Brazilian plays in a similar position and has similar qualities.

There’s definitely still room in the squad for Bellamy who provides an option as a pacy striker. If City were to go back in for Milner, then Ireland’s squad place would appear to be under threat.

Roberto Mancini:

“I am so pleased he is coming to us, I think he can make a big, big impact for Manchester City.

“In signing David, we are showing the World that we are bringing the best players here and that we hope to compete to win the Premier League.”

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  1. He’s like quicksilver (see what I did there!). An advanced midfield 3 of Silva, Tevez (central) and Robinho sounds mouthwatering. With Ya Ya and De Jong holding behind them and Dzeko working hard ahead, City could take over the world next year!

  2. Great Article, thanks. Robinho business needs sorting asap, and don’t forget Adebayor, there’s a big centre forward for you (I’d rather we still had Anelka but there you go)

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